This series covers the beatitudes of Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5, verses 1-20.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed Summer – Week 10

We have an important role to play. We were bought at a price and our lives are not our own to live. We have been crucified with Christ, rescued and redeemed and the life we now live, we live for Him. After Jesus lays out the beatitudes for the disciples He tells them they are…

Blessed Summer – Week 9

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Of all the beatitudes, “blessed are those who are persecuted” may be the one that is most counterintuitive. How can we say we are Blessed when we are being persecuted?  Remember Acts 5:41, when the disciples left the Sanhedrin…

Blessed Summer – Week 8

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Our world is desperate for peacemaking people. For  Jesus’ Jewish audience, the implications of His words are both national and personal. Their desire for a perfect kingdom would definitely be fulfilled. For years, Israel had failed to fulfill its mission to mediate peace…

Blessed Summer – Week 7

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. “Pure” is a word when immediately heard and spoken conjures up an image of cleanliness. Try it…what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word pure? Often we can look at the impurity in others while elevating ourselves to…

Blessed Summer – Week 5

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matt 5:6 How often do we hear the following statement?: “I am starving!” Kids, for instance, use the expression all the time. It is common, but misplaced. So few of us really know the feeling of starvation. Nevertheless, Jesus’ words are simply…

Blessed Summer – Week 4

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:5 Surely we know this by now…meekness and weakness sound alike but are not interchangeable. Meekness speaks of control not strength. Or, to say it even more accurately, meekness describes a willingness to surrender control. Sometimes words become unreliable. They are treated carelessly and…

Blessed Summer – Week 3

Blessed are they who mourn,for they shall be comforted. Grief; sadness; lament; mourning…not a description of what we desire for ourselves, or prefer to experience in the company of others. In some places, these feeling are unavoidable, like at the death of a loved one, but even then, we run away from it as quickly…

Blessed Summer – Week 2

Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Poverty is never a good thing…right? Typically it is viewed negatively. Jesus regularly spoke to the needs of the poor, as well as the writers of the New Testament. The reminder was consistent—God’s expectation on the rest of us to have compassion on them.…